17 April 2019

Kenya: The Nairobi Hospital CEO Sacked

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The board of The Nairobi Hospital has sacked chief executive officer Gordon Odundo.

Odundo had been sent on compulsory leave last December to pave way for an audit of the tendering processes at the facility.

His sacking comes a day after a member of staff died of cholera.

In a memo sent to staff, Board Chairman John Simba said the hospital will recruit a new CEO soon.

"The Board of Management, after due consideration of all the relevant factors pertaining to the office of Chief Executive Officer, unanimously resolved to terminate the services of Mr Gordon Odundo as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital effective immediately," read the statement in part.

"Until this process is finalized, Christopher Abeid, M.D. will continue as the acting Chief Executive Officer."

ASSURED PATIENTS

The board has, however, assured patients at the hospital that all other operations at the facility will not be affected by the new development.

"We wish our patients, clients, consultants and other stakeholders that our management and staff are ensuring that our operations of the hospital are continuing in the usual expected standards," the board said in a statement in December.

A standoff reportedly ensued at the hospital last year after Odundo allegedly locked himself inside his office way into the night to avoid being served with the leave letter.

A lawyer sent to deliver the letter is said to have camped outside his office since midday but the CEO was yet to open his office by nightfall.

A section of doctors are, however, said to be against the board's decision.

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